Cubs ‘close’ to sending Carlos Marmol to Dodgers
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 1, 2013 7:00PM
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol, left, talks on the mound during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Updated: August 3, 2013 6:37AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Cubs are “close” to completing a low-caliber trade that would send reliever Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers, multiple sources confirmed Monday.
The deal will provide the Cubs modest salary relief from the $4.9 million remaining on Marmol’s contract and provide the high-payroll Dodgers another option in their own troubled bullpen.
The Cubs designated the embattled reliever for assignment Tuesday and faced releasing him if they were unable to make a trade.
Cubs officials did not immediately return messages.
Marmol, 30, returned home to the Dominican Republic a few days ago as he awaited news on his future.
The 2008 All-Star was 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA and three blown saves in five chances, having lost the closer job a week into the season.
He converted 18 of 19 saves with a 3-1 record and 2.06 ERA after June 11 last season.
Marmol was one of eight Cubs relievers who have blown saves this year, a crew that blew two more over the weekend in Seattle after his departure.
The Cubs’ bullpen ranks 25th in the majors in ERA and has the worst save percentage.